Originally created 05/14/05



S.C. championships going on today

The South Carolina Junior Olympics and U-19 State Championships will be held today at North Augusta Police Athletic League Boxing Club.

Admission is $10 at the club, which is located at 3818 Jefferson Davis Highway in Clearwater.

The events are sponsored by the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and the Sertoma Club of North Augusta.

For more information, call (803) 593-1775.

College Basketball

Georgia Tech coach to speak at meeting

Georgia Tech men's basketball coach Paul Hewitt will be the guest speaker at a Georgia Tech Club meeting Monday night.

Last season, Hewitt led the Yellow Jackets to a 20-12 record and the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The meeting will be at St. Marks Methodist Church on Washington Road, starting at 6:30. For more information, call Sam Tyson at 738-8512.


California jury rules in favor of Vencill

In Santa Ana, Calif., a swimmer who claimed a contaminated vitamin caused him to test positive for steroids, costing him a shot at the 2004 Olympics, has won $578,635 in a lawsuit against a maker of dietary supplements.

A California jury found that a multivitamin taken by Kicker Vencill was contaminated with steroid precursors and was responsible for his positive test. The jury ordered Ultimate Nutrition of Farmington, Conn., to pay the damages.

The verdict came after a three-week trial. Vencill, 26, has already served nearly all of his two-year suspension from competition.

"Who would think that a multivitamin is contaminated? But it was and we proved it," he said Friday. "Now I can move along with my life and swim with a clear conscience."

In January 2003, Vencill tested positive for the banned substance 19-norandrosterone. He denied any wrongdoing and sent his supplements to a private lab, which found that the multivitamin Super Complete contained the material.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency suspended him from competition for four years. Vencill appealed, and the punishment was cut to two years.


Semifinals today in world championship

Canada and Sweden are each one victory away from a third straight final at the world hockey championship.

That's hardly a surprise for the star-studded Canadians, who have won the past two titles and returned this year with some of the NHL's best players. Sweden, however, advanced to its fifth straight semifinals practically short-handed.

Peter Forsberg, Nicklas Lidstrom, Markus Naslund and Mats Sundin all decided to pass on this year's tournament, but that hasn't hindered a group of young Swedish stars from making another run.

A spot in the final is far from guaranteed for either team. Canada faces the undefeated Russians today, while the Swedes meet Jaromir Jagr and the Czech Republic.

The Czechs knocked out the United States on Thursday with a 3-2 shootout victory.

Pro Football

Ex-Cowboy Newton was drawn to drugs

Former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Nate Newton says his competitive nature led him into the drug business.

"I've always been competitive, I've always been in sports," Newton told Dallas radio station KKDA. "I couldn't see myself not being the biggest dope man."

Newton was a six-time Pro Bowl selection before retiring after the 2000 season. He was released from a Louisiana prison last year after serving about 2 years for drug possession.

Newton estimated he could have made up to $75,000 per drug deal, another reason he said running drugs appealed to him.


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